Student Reports Robbery Attempt At Vanderbilt

Posted at 6:08 AM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 07:08:42-04

An alert was sent to students at Vanderbilt University after an attempted robbery was reported on campus. 

The incident was reported to Vanderbilt University Police shortly after 2 a.m. Friday.

A student was walking near 25th Avenue South and Jess Neely Drive when a white sedan with several occupants stopped in the road.

Police said a man got out and demanded money and the student’s belongings. He reportedly threatened to pull a gun but never displayed a weapon.

The student continued walking and the suspect got back in the car and headed south towards Blakemore Avenue. 

The vehicle was described as a 2000s model Ford Crown Victoria with black rims.

Campus police said the suspect was described as an African American male in his mid to late 20s, approximately 5’10”, with a thin build and shoulder-length hair. He was reportedly wearing a dark colored sweatshirt and dark colored baggy pants. 

The incident remained under investigation.

Police released the following risk reduction tips for students.

  • Avoid isolated or dark areas
  • If a stranger does approach, maintain a distance and be observant; if they are in a vehicle, get the license plate number.
  • Stay alert -- If you feel uneasy, leave the area. Go to a safe location and notify VUPD.
  • Report any suspicious persons to VUPD. Be prepared to describe the person as best as you can.